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Livestock for Widows

The Faith Evangelical Baptist Church aims to supply vulnerable widows in Baliet County with livestock to increase their household assets. The cattle’s milk will provide income and nutrition for the family and household. Support this project through financial contributions and prayer.   

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Local Partner:

Faith Evangelical Baptist Church (FEBAC) 

The Situation

In December 2013, a civil war broke out in South Sudan. The war left behind a population of widows and destroyed properties and loss of livelihoods. Civilians in Baliet county were displaced and at least 600 were killed. In 2016, conflict continued in South Sudan and claimed many more lives. The displaced returning to their homes found nothing left, and many widows struggled to provide for their families in this state of a complete loss. To help widows rebuild their lives and move towards self-reliance, CBM works alongside the local church to distribute cattle to the most vulnerable in Baliet County. The provision of livestock serves to bring a source of income and nutrition to widows and their families.  

The Faith Evangelical Baptist Church aims to supply vulnerable widows in Baliet County with livestock to increase their household assets. The cattle’s milk will provide income and nutrition for the family and household. Support this project through financial contributions and prayer.   

The Situation

In December 2013, a civil war broke out in South Sudan. The war left behind a population of widows and destroyed properties and loss of livelihoods. Civilians in Baliet county were displaced and at least 600 were killed. In 2016, conflict continued in South Sudan and claimed many more lives. The displaced returning to their homes found nothing left, and many widows struggled to provide for their families in this state of a complete loss. To help widows rebuild their lives and move towards self-reliance, CBM works alongside the local church to distribute cattle to the most vulnerable in Baliet County. The provision of livestock serves to bring a source of income and nutrition to widows and their families.  

How We Are Helping

Here are some actions FEBAC is taking to assist local widows and their families:  

Purchasing livestock in consultation with families 

With the financial assistance of CBM, specific cattle are bought that would best help widows in South Sudan. They are involved in each step of the process.   

Distributing livestock among recipients

The number of cattle per household is calculated, and veterinary services are provided by private veterinarians and those employed by the county agriculture departments.  

Ensuring sustainability by encouraging continued giving  

Women registered in the program give calves and cattle to other families that need livestock to help bolster the entire community.  

Photo of Sudanese men and women posing with a cow
Photo of a Sudanese woman and man posing with a cow

The Impact of Our Work

Margaret Abuk is a widow who has five children between 10 and 18 years old. She lives with her children in Khorfulus, Upper Nile State of South Sudan, and was recently widowed as a result of the civil war, as well as losing her property. After the end of the civil war in 2018, she began to rebuild her household but was limited by a lack of finances. Through this project, Abuk received a cow, as her household did not have any livestock assets apart from a few chickens that she keeps.  

“The project has supported me with one cow, which I am now taking care of and is already providing milk for consumption in my house. I also get some money after I sell the surplus milk in the market. I am grateful for this project, and I look forward to having about five cows in the next five years.”   
Photo of people with livestock
“The project will impact the community positively because after the calves wean, the widows will donate them to other needy widows in the area. This aids in increasing the cattle assets of vulnerable families in the area, especially for families that are headed by widows.”